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General Legal Advice Services

Contract ID: RM3786

Start Date: 28/02/2017

End Date: 28/02/2019

Description

This panel agreement has been established for the provision of advisory services principally on matters of English and Welsh law. In addition, suppliers are required to be able to supply Scottish law where required (if not directly provided, through subcontracted law firms or other approved arrangements). Legal advice on international jurisdictions is also in scope of the panel if suppliers are able to supply it, giving central government a potential route to international work if it is needed without conducting a further procurement exercise.

There is no upper or lower limit on the value of contracts which can be awarded under the panel, although the lower value requirements below £20k may be exempted from the policy on use of the panel.

This is a single lot, 2 tier panel agreement. As such all suppliers in both lots will provide all mandatory services. Suppliers will also offer a number of optional services. In the first instance contracts will be awarded to tier 1 suppliers. In the event tier 1 suppliers are unable to accept the contract, it will be directed at tier 2 suppliers.

Mandatory:

  • Public Law
  • Contracts
  • Competition Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • EU law
  • Information Law including Data Protection Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Litigation
  • Non-complex Finance
  • Outsourcing
  • Partnership Law
  • Pensions Law
  • Planning Law
  • Projects / PFI/PPP
  • Public Procurement Law
  • Real Estate and Real Estate Finance
  • Restructuring/Insolvency
  • Tax Law

Optional:

  • Education Law
  • Child Law
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Food, Rural and Environmental Affairs
  • Franchise Law
  • Health and Healthcare
  • Health and Safety
  • Life Sciences
  • Public Inquiries and Inquests
  • Telecommunications
  • law of International Trade, Investment and Regulation
  • Public International Law
 
*RM3786 operates with 2 consortiums. This means that the group will operate collectively to provide services. Details can be found below:
 
- PwC will operate alongside Sharpe Pritchard LLP, Howes Percival LLP, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP.
 
- Bevan Brittan LLP will operate alongside Shoosmiths LLP.
 
 

Benefits

  • Central strategy: the panel agreement forms part of the government’s strategy to maximise procurement efficiency and value for money by centralising, standardising and aggregating spend for legal services.
  • Ease of route to market: the panel agreement provides a simple and streamlined route for customers to access a comprehensive range of external legal firms with the right skills and expertise to supplement in-house legal resource and provide support to government in a wide range of areas of work.
  • Competitive rates: the panel agreement offers delivery of cashable savings through competitive rates which offer significant reductions against market rates.
  • Enhanced scope: the panel agreement covers 23 areas of law most commonly required by central government of external legal suppliers to support all work up and including major projects, and encompasses both litigation and advisory services. These are not subdivided into lots, so one call off contract will access all of this wide range of work.
  • Attractive commercial terms: the panel agreement facilitates various attractive commercial terms including alternative pricing models. These range from traditional hourly, day and monthly rates, fixed pricing, to payments that are performance based.
  • Ease of Call Off: the panel agreement provides for greater use of direct awards as well as a simpler route for shortlisting for further competitions through use of supplier prospectuses.
  • Additional benefits for government: all aggregated spend under the panel agreement earns entitlement to secondments, exchanges and free work from Suppliers for Panel customers, which will be allocated by GLD across the customer base.
  • Shared responsibility for efficiency: suppliers are under a specific duty to customers to take positive steps to minimise costs and maximise efficiency of delivery of legal services, to control scope of work.
  • Bespoke contracts: the contracts have terms specially designed for central government.
  • Free additional services for customers: The panel delivers a number of benefits from suppliers for no additional cost including free knowledge transfer, free access to training and know-how and 2 hours free initial legal advice in respect of each piece of work.
  • CCS management: The panel agreements with suppliers will be managed by CCS including annual auditing of quality and benchmarking, and monthly gathering of management information.
  • Supplier relationship management: The panel will benefit from strategic supplier management run by Government Legal Deparment, in addition to panel performance management by CCS.

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Access

You will find a number of helpful documents under the documents tab on this page. It is recommended that customers begin by reading the customer guidance. The panel agreement also provides information on the services offered, and customers may find this useful when considering how to award their contract. If planning to use the direct award facility customers should also access the supplier prospectuses along with the ordering procedure which can be found at panel schedule 5 an addendum of the panel agreement.

Further competition is also available and again guidance can be found in schedule 5 of the panel agreement. If considering using further competition customers will also have access to the CCS eSourcing suite, which will contain useful templates. When considering using the eSourcing suite please consult the customer guidance which will help you with registration and navigation.

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Savings

  • Price has been competed in the tender to ensure that the maximum Panel agreement rates are competitive
  • Prices are detailed by practitioner grade, and have been competed as such ensuring value for money without compromising on quality
  • The agreement contains the facility to benchmark rate, value added services and discounts after 2 years to ensure that the agreement rates represent value for money
  • If a supplier fails to comply with obligations in relation to benchmarking the Authority has the right to terminate the panel agreement
  • All suppliers awarded to the panel agreement are to adhere to a process of continuous improvement which will be periodically reviewed – thus maintaining the quality of services.

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Background

The agreement was produced to improve and replace the previous Legal Services framework (RM919).

The agreement was developed with key stakeholder Government Legal Department. Market engagement also took place with suppliers, from which feedback was gathered.

We (CCS) are the contracting authority and as such we will manage the panel agreement. However, Government Legal Department will also employ a strategic relationship manager for the panel agreement.

 

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Lot details

Lot Number Lot Name Lot Category Number of Suppliers Contract Expiry
All suppliers 18 - click here to view suppliers
1 Tier 1 Professional Services 12 - click here to view suppliers 28/02/2019
2 Tier 2 Professional Services 6 - click here to view suppliers 28/02/2019

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Framework Manager Contact Details

Lucy Williams

lucy.williams@crowncommercial.gov.uk

0345 410 2222

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